Living with Age

Housing Committee Advances Commission to Prevent Bullying

Submitted by Jerry on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 01:48

On Wednesday, 18 June 2014, the Joint Committee on Housing of the Great Court of Massachusetts reported out a "resolve" S2329 creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying and to protect elderly and disabled tenants living in subsidized, multi-family housing from bullying. Jerry Halberstadt, Coordinator of the Stop Bullying Coalition believes this resolve "to be the first effort in the nation seeking legislation to protect elderly and disabled tenants—urgently needed because bullying is truly harmful and deprives people of their human rights and their civil rights." UPDATES & NEWSLETTER AT

Recognition for the Stop Bullying Coalition

Submitted by Jerry on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 21:34

I will not forget the morning of May 9, 2014. Mary Margaret Moore and Joan Adrien presented me with the 2014 Gil Adrien Award for Outstanding Advocacy for my efforts on the stop bullying bill, S604. This was so important because the recognition admitted me and the Stop Bullying Coalition to a community of advocacy embracing the whole North Shore and helps to move our cause, to stop bullying, towards success.

The Plea of a WWII Combat Veteran

Submitted by Jerry on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 22:05

Guest post by Leo

As a Veteran of WWII, I served in combat, starting at age seventeen, and returned with three bronze stars. I did this because I believed in and fought for my Country’s freedoms. I have seen and believed in much in my eighty-seven years, but Bullying and Mobbing in my housing development has changed my mind about the right to freedom in my own home and my right to speak. I fought for our collective freedoms, and I am angry that I now have to fight for my right to live without fear in my home. I risked my life for people who now Bully me in my old age.

Making a law to stop bullying is not like making sausage!

Submitted by Jerry on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:19

Crafting a law to stop bullying

Rep. Paul Heroux and Rep. Jay Livingstone invited Michael Kane, Executive Director of Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and me to meet with them and other legislators yesterday (13 March) at the State House to help craft a bill to stop bullying of elders and disabled in housing programs. They invited Senator Joan Lovely, my own senator who has supported our efforts from the beginning. The new bill is intended to complement, build on, and improve the original effort, S604. UPDATES & NEWSLETTER AT

Tale of bullying, eviction of disabled woman spurs stop bullying advocacy at state house hearing

Submitted by Jerry on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 02:58


Speaking before the Joint Committee on Housing at the state house in Boston on 28 January, Margaret, a disabled woman now homeless, told of her painful experiences as the victim of bullying, eviction, and homelessness. Listeners fought back tears as they heard of the cruelty inflicted upon her, her futile attempts to receive a fair hearing, and the inability of the safety net to protect a woman living with significant disabilities, as well as the trauma of domestic abuse. Margaret's experience as a resident of privately owned, HUD-subsidized housing in Attleboro is unfortunately all too common in housing programs throughout the Commonwealth and nationally, impacting both elderly and disabled citizens.


Elderly and disabled victims of bullying demand relief

Submitted by Jerry on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 02:39



Elderly and disabled victims of bullying demand relief

The Stop Bullying Coalition and the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants announce that elderly and disabled residents of subsidized housing, supported by organizations representing tenants, will advocate for legislation to protect against bullying in subsidized housing, by appearing before the Joint Committee on Housing at the State House on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.


Announcing: Hearing on S604 to protect elderly and disabled citizens from bullying in subsidized housing

Submitted by Jerry on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:13

The Stop Bullying Coalition (SBC) announces a hearing on S604, An Act to protect residents of subsidized housing developments from bullying, including both elderly and those living with disability. The hearing will be held by the Joint Committee on Housing in Boston, MA. at the State House, Room B2 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

The blame game and Margaret

Submitted by Jerry on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:16

I am deeply concerned for the well being of "Margaret." She is frail and ill, lives with multiple disabilities, yet is being forced out of the shelter where she has been surviving since being bullied, mobbed, and evicted from subsidized housing—possibly to live on the street. But as I look around, I see no help for her, nor indeed for many persons in desperate need and no solutions for the larger social problems, no mending of the frayed social safety net. Instead of strengthening our society, we are breaking it.